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Sedalia Democrat columnist Rose Nolen has for years ruined my week with her weekly liberal trumpeting in the Friday edition. Among the conservative views I hold is to operate within a balanced home budget; Missouri is mandated to do so also. We have watched how President Barack Obama has literally strong-armed Congress into out-of-control spending, thus pushing the national debt to unthinkable levels.

In reading the Monday edition of the paper, I eventually reached the Opinion page. There it was again — another Rose Nolen diatribe describing conservatives (Republicans) as not willing to bow to Democrat ideals. What a way to start your week. She hints that until Republicans accept those principals held by liberals, Obama will not be their friend. Friendship should have nothing to do with getting spending controlled.

Could Democrats come over to the Republicans and work on solving the spending problem? Republicans have offered spending cuts yet Democrats seem to want more spending. Nolen trots out the race card, writing, “... for those who disliked them because of their skin color or some other quality for which they were not responsible, it would be difficult for them to understand.” Is it racist when a white Republican president, Abraham Lincoln, laid the groundwork to end slavery but it was a white Democrat president and a white Democrat U.S. attorney general (of Kennedy fame) who initially fought against equal rights back in the 1960s? Both feared the power of Martin Luther King Jr. and his movement. The Kennedys eventually changed — as did many Democratic leaders — and helped finish what Lincoln initiated nearly 100 years earlier.

I wonder if there are any references of how the Kennedys actually viewed the blacks in Rose Nolen’s library for black studies?

Vaughn Hart



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